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Anastasia Pottinger, or ‘Stacy’ as she likes to be called, is a photographer and photography enthusiast who has taken on a rather specific project, to highlight the beauty, or ugliness (depending upon one’s perspective) of the human body at the age of approximately a 100 years.
It started with a 101 year old woman volunteering for “Stacy” to do a nude shoot of her, provided she wasn’t identifiable in the image. What came out was both grotesque and beautiful to behold for people. The response these images evoked from Stacy’s readers and fans was, according to her, always ’emotional’. Whether one begins to contemplate one’s own state at the centenary or revels in the memory of a lost relative or friend, he experience beckons a response from the audience.
What followed was Stacy began an entire series of these amazing pictures of the aged human body called the “Centenarians”.
Each cell in our body replaces itself every seven years and in a way we are not the same person anymore. Philosophers have argued over this for generations and given it the title of “The Ship of Theseus”, ship replaced part by part until none of the original parts remain in it any more; the argument is over the question: Is it still the same ship? Perhaps these images pay testament to that philosophy. The pictures show that we change through life until we are indistinguishable from our former selves with sagging skin and tired bones.